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Ørsted Hires Bason to Lead Delaware Stakeholder Engagement | New

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Ørsted announced a new hire this week that reps say reflects his commitment to community engagement and environmental leadership in Delaware.

Ørsted hired Chris Bason to serve as Stakeholder Engagement Manager in Delaware. Bason, former executive director of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), will be responsible for developing and implementing external engagement strategies in support of Skipjack Wind and will represent Ørsted with local communities, businesses and elected officials.

“During his successful tenure as a nonprofit leader, Chris has consistently demonstrated a deep appreciation for the value of public engagement and community partnerships,” said Brady Walker, Chief Business Officer policies and market strategy for Maryland and Delaware. “Chris is an excellent choice to lead our efforts in Delaware because he shares Ørsted’s commitment to translating the economic and environmental benefits of Skipjack Wind into tangible improvements for Delawareans.”

Prior to joining Ørsted, Bason worked for 18 years at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays in Sussex County. He served as the organization’s scientific coordinator and then spent 10 years as executive director.

“During his tenure, the Center has grown significantly through successful policy achievements, environmental monitoring, ecological restoration, conservation and fundraising,” representatives said. “Chris led the Center’s development of a comprehensive State of the Bays Report, revised the Comprehensive Inland Bays Conservation and Management Plan, developed legislation to launch Delaware’s shellfish farming industry and has created successful initiatives for land conservation, reforestation, coastal protection and citizen-science involvement.

“How we produce our energy has the greatest impact on the health of our environment,” Bason said. “I share Ørsted’s vision of a world powered entirely by green energy, and am grateful for the unique opportunity to be part of a team bringing a new industry to Delaware.”

Originally from New Castle, Bason has lived in Ocean View since 2004 with his wife and two children. He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in biology from East Carolina University. Prior to joining the Center for the Inland Bays, he was involved in wetland research and management while working for the Nature Conservancy, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and East Carolina University.

Skipjack Wind is a 966-megawatt offshore wind project off the Maryland-Delaware coast that officials say will create thousands of local jobs and generate enough clean energy to power nearly 300,000 homes in the region. Learn more about www.skipjackwind.com. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world to have a science-based goal of net zero emissions, as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Four years in a row, the company has been ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company by Corporate Knights.

In the United States, the company has approximately 600 employees and a growing portfolio of clean energy assets and partnerships that includes offshore wind power, onshore wind power, solar power, storage technologies and electronic fuels. A leader in the renewable energy sector in the United States, Ørsted is the No. 1 in offshore wind energy with approximately 5 gigawatts in development and operates America’s first offshore wind farm, located off Block Island. Ørsted has a total US onshore capacity of 5 gigawatts across wind, solar, storage and e-fuel technologies. To learn more about Ørsted’s business in the United States, visit us.orsted.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@ØrstedUS).